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Gateshead
Hartlepool Rovers
Sat 24 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time

AN OFF DAY AT HOME

Report by Tom Tate

I suppose the big question was whether we would suffer a hangover from last week's hiding.
The simple answer was yes, big style; this was probably the worst we have played for a long while and those of our so called supporters who chose to stay in the clubhouse and watch Ireland v Wales may have thought this was the better idea. I have never been able to understand why!
The game was distinctly unmemorable and even the ref after the game said he has never seen us drop so many balls ever in a game!!
Rugby is a fairly simple game get the basics right i.e. catching, passing, scrum and line out and you have a good chance of winning; sadly we did none of these things and on the day, deservedly lost .
Rovers scored two tries and were 18-0 up just after half time but after that we probably had 90%of the play in Rovers half.
Our only score came from a Rovers line out on half way, which we won, and from a great break from Charlie Ladds we managed to get Sam Hall over the line, converted by David Tate.
I then thought we might just kick on and win but we somehow managed to cock it up every time we got close, and thankfully the ref blew the whistle to put the supporters, who stayed to watch, out of their misery.
Anybody shine? In truth, not really: Surrey was his usual self but ended up getting a punch on the jaw for his trouble; Sam Hall did ok.
We need a win and we should have a chance next week against Gosforth over at their place, but we will have to play an awful lot better than we did today.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Consett 26 111
2. Durham City 26 111
3. South Shields Westoe 26 108
4. Barnard Castle 25 103
5. Horden and Peterlee 26 71
6. Gateshead 24 60
7. Hartlepool Rovers 26 57

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